Stand to Reason Blog has some excellent thoughts about how suffering shapes us as believers in their blog piece, “Christians, You Will Suffer.” Here’s an excerpt:
“If suffering disproves your Christianity, you’ve missed Christianity. The Bible is filled with the suffering of those whom God loves. The central event of the Bible is one of suffering. Love involves suffering. “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” That means suffering.
But Christianity also promises justice for evil. And grace. And life from death. Resurrection. New bodies. Hope. Jesus is the only hope for true pain.”
– See more at: Stand to Reason
A non suffering Christian is a oxi moron. The closer we get to Christ, the more we will suffer which brings us closer to Christ
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